A few years ago, I reviewed “The One Man” by Andrew Gross. It remains one of the best historical thrillers I’ve ever read. Outstanding suspense, fascinating historical details and based on a true story, this title continues to be one that I often recommend to others.

Generally speaking, I like my kidlit with unambiguously happy endings, but this week I’m reviewing two books that put me on edge, each in different ways. Considering the Halloween season is upon us, I suppose that is appropriate.

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